Truckee boys hoops ekes out win over Yerington
Anything short of the clutch performance the Truckee High basketball team put in Monday night and the Yerington Lions might have been the ones celebrating on the court.
As it was, the Wolverines did just enough to eke out a 48-46 win over their evenly matched Northern 3A opponent.
“I’m proud of my guys. They made the plays to win the game tonight,” Truckee head coach Keith Crawford said. “I’m hoping this carries over to our game Wednesday against Dayton.”
Truckee (5-2, 2-0) had its hands full Monday against a Yerington team (4-3, 0-1) boasting quick guards and a talented starting five. Luckily for the Wolverines, their guards ” namely Cole Froelich, Gavin Novotny and Kyle Rinella ” were equally as speedy and plenty dogged.
According to Crawford, Truckee’s tight man-to-man defense on the perimeter was the difference, as the Wolverines remained glued to their defenders in an effort to deny them the ball.
“That was the key to the game,” he said. “They (Froelich, Novotny and Rinella) played hard tonight and kept the pressure on their guards.”
Then there was senior big man Cory Hoehn, who pulled down a team-high 8 rebounds while leading Truckee in scoring with 13 points, many of which came in crunch time down the stretch.
“I think the other big difference in the ballgame was that Cory Hoehn controlled the offensive boards,” Crawford said, adding that “Cody Wicks and Pat Galvin did an extremely good job on the boards, as well.”
Galvin finished with 12 points and Wicks 8 points and 6 rebounds.
The other major factor in the Truckee win was its home crowd, Crawford said.
“It’s been a very enthusiastic crowd,” he said of the Wolverines’ student section the past three games. “It has helped our team. They (the players) look up to their peers, and it motivates them (to have the students cheering).”
Momentum in the first half went back and forth, with Truckee leading by as many as 6 points and Yerington jumping out in front by 5 at one point. The first quarter ended in a 14-12 Truckee lead. The score was tied at 28 at the half and knotted at 40 at the end of the third quarter.
Hoehn gave the Wolverines a 1-point lead on a free throw to begin the fourth quarter, and Truckee never relinquished it.
“It was a good win, but we still need to build on it,” Hoehn said, explaining that he’d like to see his team win by more than a 2-point margin.
Truckee’s next shot comes at Dayton tonight at 7:30 p.m.
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